The Goodwin Games finale recap: Everyone gets some closure
Neil Patrick Harris directed the series finale of The Goodwin Games, where Henry discovers he's not actually a robot, Chloe finally doesn't bail on something and Jimmy defies the odds.
I knew ever since The Goodwin Games began airing that it wasn't going to last long, but it was still hard watching this final episode knowing that it wouldn't be back. Neil Patrick Harris did a fantastic job directing this series finale and helping bring everyone's story to a (somewhat) satisfying ending.
Jimmy (T.J. Miller) started out as just the guy we were supposed to see as the loser brother who'd been in jail six times... OK seven times. But rather than always being the guy that let his family down, he was often the one who brought them back together. Sure he made questionable choices in nearly every aspect of his life, but he also managed to improve the lives of people around him while he was at it. April (Melissa Tang) may have thought they weren't right for each other, but in the end, Jimmy turned out to be exactly what she needed.
Everyone knew that Chloe (Becki Newton) was the kind of woman who gave up on things easily. It turned out that even her father had been giving her tiny nudges and a helping hand from beyond the grave so that she wouldn't bail on school. When things got tough with Ivan (thanks to Chloe), she bailed on him, too. But in the end, Chloe decided that it was time to take a risk and fight for her happiness. I was very happy when she ran to Ivan's house and refused to accept him dumping her.
Oh, Henry (Scott Foley). The signs that he was breaking down had been there all along and it was only a matter of time before Henry the robot realized that he was actually Henry the human. I loved how Lucinda's phone went off right when he asked for her help. She predicted exactly how long it would take for him to finally start grieving and boy did she get it right — down to the second. But as hard as it was for Henry to go through that box, I knew that it was his first step to actually recovering from his father's death.
Farewell The Goodwin Games. We hardly knew you.
My favorite bits:
Henry battling his alarm. OMG I have soooooo played that game.
"I am a machine. Technically so are you, but I am a better machine."
Getting the chance to see Henry's morning routine. The chest-shaving cracked me up.
"Time's up! It's on my penis!"
Henry being completely oblivious to how much nookie was happening in the house... and about who was stealing his toast.
"Is there a young man in there who will die if I don't transplant his kidney?"
"Oh God, I hope not."
Henry walking into the ladies' room. Methinks someone is in need of a nap.
"I'll tell you what's crazy. Staring contest with a man's knee. I lost."
Jimmy viciously defending Jewel's poetry.
Jimmy admitting that he had been arrested for vandalizing the same tortoise, twice.
Henry confusing his wedding planning with his doctoring. Oops.
Lucinda's phone alarm going off right as Henry asked her for help.
Henry actually admitting that things were tougher than he thought and that he'd made some mistakes. Frankly, I was surprised that the entire town didn't blow up. I mean, that was the final sign of the Apocalypse, right?
"You're not all machine, Henry Goodwin. You're human, too."
"How dare you."
Chloe showing up on Ivan's door with plastic flowers and promises that she wouldn't bail.
The tow truck taking Chloe's car away.
"I'm a butler. I'm a word with 'butt' in it."
Jimmy trying to quote Buddha.
Henry going through the box, finding the duck and saying, "I miss you, Pop."